Modulational instability windows in the nonlinear Schrödinger equation involving higher-order Kerr responses


We introduce a complete analytical and numerical study of the modulational instability process in a system governed by a canonical nonlinear Schrödinger equation involving local, arbitrary nonlinear responses to the applied field. In particular, our theory accounts for the recently proposed higher-order Kerr nonlinearities, providing very simple analytical criteria for the identification of multiple regimes of stability and instability of plane-wave solutions in such systems. Moreover, we discuss a new parametric regime in the higher-order Kerr response, which allows for the observation of several, alternating stability-instability windows defining a yet unexplored instability landscape.

Physical Review E 91, 012904 (2015)
David Novoa
David Novoa
Ikerbasque Research Fellow & Visiting Professor